The 2021 March 8th Entrepreneurship Programme- Call for Proposals

Small MSME owners are invited to apply across four different categories:

1. Category 1- My Big Idea Business Challenge | Grant Sum- N100,000

Do you have a small-scale business that could use some injection for enlarging your inventory, or have an idea that solves a troubling issue in your area? We look forward to reviewing your idea-entry under Category 1 of the 2021 March 8th Entrepreneurship Programme 2020. Your entry should be in the form of an elevator pitch on video that summarises who you are, what you do, what problem you are trying to solve, and how you would solve the problem with the grant, if successful. This video should not exceed 60 seconds.

Entry Criteria

Start with your full name and location. You MUST send your video via WhatsApp to 08095798693, and thereafter upload your video on either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #FriendsOfProf, and tag @march8thng. Because of the social transformation dimension of the challenge, applicants are required to post their video entries on social media.

2. Category 2- My Business Support Challenge | Grant Sum- N 250,000

Are you a small business looking to expand your current stock, hire staff or acquire basic equipment that would enhance profitability and operational efficiency so you can climb up to the next level of growth? If so, convince us by sending in an abridged business plan in no more than 500 words outlining your ideas, needs and aspirations.

Entry Criteria

Business must be registered and must have been in existence for at least 1 year. Submit a one-page proposal not exceeding 500 words describing your business and how N250, 000 will help it grow.

3. My Catalyst Support Challenge | N500,000

Are you an existing small business looking to expand your current scope either product-wise or geographically? Submit a business plan in no more than 750 words sharing your expansion and funding plans.

Entry Criteria

Business must be registered and must have been in existence for at least 2 years. Submit a proposal not exceeding 800 words describing your existing business and the new products or services you want to venture into and how you will apply the funds, if successful.

4. My Bold Innovation Challenge

Business must be registered and must have been in existence for at least 2 years. Are you a young entrepreneur with an innovative idea that provides a solution to a common need or promotes sustainability? Does your idea have potential to positively contribute to people, places and profit? If so, convince us by sending a competitive business plan pitching your ideas and the supporting rationale in no more than 1,000 words.

Entry Criteria

Write a proposal not exceeding 1,000 words on how N1 Million will help your business advance your innovative idea.

General terms and conditions (applicable to all categories). Entrants must:
  1. Reside in Nigeria.
  2. Be aged between 18 to 35 years.
  3. Be a registered Nigerian business.
  4. Only apply to one category. Applying to more than one will lead to disqualification.

All entries except those for My Big Idea Business Challenge must be submitted at

Submit according to the category you are applying for.

Health Grant Reward Category | ₦1,000,000

Nominate a health professional or worker (nurse, doctor, attendant, etc.) in your State who has exhibited compassion, care, professionalism and diligence during the past year. Your nominations should be filled out on the portal providing information about your nominee and the reason(s) for your nomination.

Entries open at 12.00 am on Monday, the 8th of March, 2021 and close at 11:59pm on Sunday, the 14th of March, 2021.

For more detailed information visit

Prof Osibanjo March8th Initiative How To Apply: All entries except those for My Big Idea Business Challenge must be submitted at Submit according to the category you are applying for.


100,000 MSMEs to benefit from GoS

100,000 Nigerians to benefit from one-off N50,000 MSME grant
The Steering Committee of the MSMEs Survival Fund and guaranteed Off-take Stimulus Scheme chaired by the Honourable Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Mariam Y. Katagum, wishes to announce the commencement of the Guaranteed Off-take Stimulus Scheme and the MSME Grant portal opening from February, 9th, 2021.
The Guaranteed Off-take Stimulus Scheme is aimed at protecting and sustaining the incomes of vulnerable Micro and Small Enterprises by guaranteeing the offtake of their products.
A total of 100,000 Micro and Small Enterprises are to benefit from the scheme.
The total target national number of beneficiaries is 100,000. The breakdown is as follows: Lagos, 3,880; Kano, 3,280; Abia, 3,080; while the other states will each have 2,640 beneficiaries.
The qualification criteria for this Scheme are as follows:

  1. Applicant must be a Nigerian National.
  2. Applicant must be registered under Corporate Affairs Commission with at least a Business Name certificate
  3. Applicant must have a verifiable BVN and Bank Account
  4. Applicant must have at least 2 staff
  5. Applicant must be ready to produce under NAFDAC and SON specifications.
    The list of products captured in the Guaranteed Off-take Stimulus Scheme track is as below:
    CATEGORY A         
    1          Face Masks
    2          Liquid Soap
    3          Disinfectant
    4          Hand Sanitizer
    1          Beans
    2          Garri
    3          Acha
    4          Alkama
    5          Brabusco
    6          Rice (Parboiled)
    7          Rice (Raw)
    LOT 3  FLOUR
    1          Yam Flour
    2          Plantain Flour
    3          Soya Bean Flour
    4          Garin Danwake
    5          Cassava Flour
    LOT 4  OIL
    1          Palm oil
    2          Groundnut Oil
    3          Coconut Oil
    4          Honey
    5          Soyabean Oil
    1          Dry Locust beans
    2          Curry Powder
    3          Tumeric Powder
    4          Ginger Powder
    5          Garlic Powder
    The General MSME Grant is a one-off grant of N50,000 that will be given to each qualified MSME as direct cash injection into their enterprise. the total number of beneficiaries in this track is 100,000 spread across the States.
    In the same vein, the General MSME Grant quota as s follows: LAGOS, 3,880; KANO, 3,280; ABIA, 3,080; and other states, 2,640.
    All potential beneficiaries of this track must meet the following criteria:
  6. Applicant must be a Nigerian National.
  7. Applicant must be registered under Corporate Affairs Commission with at least a Business Name certificate
  8. Applicant must have a verifiable BVN and Bank Account.
    For further details, please visit:

Kindly note that registration for this scheme is ABSOLUTELY FREE. Beware of fraudulent persons.
Project Delivery Office
MSMEs Survival Fund & Guaranteed Off-Take Schemes


The chairman of Biase Local Government council, Hon Mrs Ada Charles has yesterday presented the 2021 budget to the Biase legislative assembly.

Hon Mrs Ada Charles Presenting the 2021 Biase Local Government council budget to the legislative assembly.

The budget which is centered on the development and progress of the local government Council is estimated to be at the sum of 3,222,023,847.00 for the 2021 fiscal year.

Christened “Budget of Collaboration” Hon Ada Charles has elaborated the different sectors of the local government that needs reforms and also  rehabilitations.

The chairman in her presentation reiterate the needs for collaboration across different sectors of Governance to ensure effective and productive utilization and delivery of democratic dividends to the people of Biase.

In her words she has this to say…. “We have to collaborate with relevant MDAs and other critical stakeholders as well to ensure sustainable development and peace be found in the local government…..”

A Cross Section of the 7th assembly with local government Council chairman

The budget which has an opening balance of 55,176,938. 30,000,000.00 internally generated revenue, 50,000,000.00 statutory allocation from the state government, 1,300,000,000 statutory allocation from the federal government, 609,560,212.00 value added tax, excess crude oil sales will generate the council 30,000,000.00 and grants from other donors agencies 100,000,000.


Nexit Portal Goes Live!

The Nexit Portal, brought to you by Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in conjunction with CBN, is now open and live.

The portal is designed to enable exited N-Power beneficiaries to apply for the Central Bank of Nigeria’s empowerment options.

N-Power is one of the social investment programmes of the Federal Government designed and implemented to support thousands of Nigerian youths with jobs, skills and financially incentives.

Click here to access Portal


An open opportunity for the position of United Nations resident coordinator in Nigeria is open for application.  

The Resident Coordinator system ensures the coordination of all organizations of the United Nations dealing with operational activities for development at the country level, regardless of the nature of their presence in the country.

It encompasses the UN Resident Coordinator, the UN Country Team and Resident Coordinator’s Office and is served by the UN Development Coordination Office.

In line with this General Assembly mandate, the Resident Coordinator (RC) is the highest ranking representative of the United Nations development system (UNDS) at the country level, with the responsibility to lead United Nations country teams, and ensure system-wide accountability on the ground – including through a matrixed dual reporting model – for the United Nations Cooperation Framework and coordinating UN support to countries in their implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

She/he brings to the role an appreciation of the breadth of assets of the United Nations in the service of sustaining peace.

For details more and application visit

Click here for details and application